Course description


   Human aspects of Organic Farming  6 ECTS credits


      The course is given, once at WAU, the 13th to the 26th of July 2003, as part of the

   European specialisation year of Ecological Agriculture (BSc-level) within the

   agroecology network of SOCRATES

   Marking Scale: Pass/Failed (ECTS-scale if requested)

   Prerequisites: Students who are taking the European BSc level specialisation

   programme in Ecological Agriculture will have first priority but the course is open to

   other students as well.



   The objective is to give students an introduction to historical and philosophical

   aspects, socio-economic aspects and nutrition and health aspects of Ecological

   Agriculture (i.e. Human Aspects in Organic Framing). The course should give the

   students the possibility to:


        examine the historical and present socio-economic aspects of organic

        farming in their home country

        examine the philosophical and ethical attitudes in relation to organic farming

        and farmer perspectives on organic farming

        examine and critically discuss the present institutional support to organic

        farming in Europe, policy issues, trade aspects, certification at national and

        EU level

        explore different aspects of learning in organic farming, participatory

        research, linking consumers and producers

        examine different perspectives and criteria for food quality

        examine the relation between food quality and human health

        contribute to student ability to handle interdisciplinary complex issues in

        organic farming, in a long term perspective

        promote the creation of an international group of students interested in

        organic farming for long term exchange of knowledge, ideas and




   The course consist of student preparations with literature reading and some other

   preparatory work, as well as lectures, group work, seminars and excursions. The

   development of organic farming in Europe and it1s relation to philosophical and

   ethical issues will be addressed as well as aspects of worldview of consumers and

   farmers today. The socio-economic framework, including policy issues, trade

   aspects, institutional support of organic farming will be emphasised. Learning

   aspects such as participatory research and the linking of consumers and

   producers will be discussed. Different perspectives and criteria on food quality as

   well as the relation between production methods and human health will be

   addressed. Written and oral presentations during the course provide the basis of

   the assessment.



   Lectures 20 h

   Seminars (obligatory) 16 h



   The responsible Department assigns required reading.



   Individual written preparatory work. Written and oral examination, and presentation

   of group work.


   Course Credit

   Fulfilled obligatory components and passed examinations


   Responsible department

   Department of Dietetic and Functional Foods, Division of Organic Foodstuffs, WAU.

  Contact person Ewa Rembialkowska




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